Stories by Paul Krill

TECH ED - Microsoft highlights databases

As the company looks ahead to the planned release of Yukon, the next major version of the SQL Server database due in late 2003, Microsoft on Wednesday at its TechEd conference in New Orleans announced beta offerings of two precursor products that focus on data management for handheld devices and information alerts.

CTO FORUM - FatWire bulking up Web services platform

Content management software vendor FatWire in the next month will detail a new Web services tool called Web Services Builder, which will enable the development of services and registering them in UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration) directories, according to company officials.

Microsoft pushes data mining in business intelligence

Looking to promote access to data mining functions via a Web services computing paradigm, SAS Institute Inc. will take a co-chairmanship with Microsoft and Hyperion Solutions on the XML for Analysis Council, named for a protocol intended to provide an industry-standard messaging interface for accessing business intelligence functions. But an Oracle Corp. official charged the effort is Microsoft-proprietary.

Oracle ending Express OLAP engine

When Oracle ships the upcoming upgrade to its database, designated Oracle9i Release 2, in May, it will mark the end of the Oracle Express OLAP (online analytical processing) product line and the dawn of an offering more tightly integrated with the main database.

Grand Central boosts Web services network

Grand Central Communications Inc. on Tuesday announced enhancements to its Web Services Network business-to-business communications service, boosting tools support and security.

JavaOne - XML, Java's future: standard tags, networking

XML and Java will be used more for deploying standardized business tags and networking systems as the technologies move forward, said panelists at a session here at the JavaOne developer conference on Tuesday.

Nigeria launches Web site to target e-mail scams

Continuing what has become the Web services' great debate, executives from several tools vendors argued the merits of Java's chances against the rival Microsoft Corp. .Net platform, as well as over the existence of multiple open-source efforts in the Java community, during a panel session here at the JavaOne developer conference.

AT&T starts commercial streaming video trial

Continuing what has become the Web services' great debate, executives from several tools vendors argued the merits of Java's chances against the rival Microsoft Corp. .Net platform, as well as over the existence of multiple open-source efforts in the Java community, during a panel session here at the JavaOne developer conference.

Tools vendors grapple over Java vs. .Net

Continuing what has become the Web services' great debate, executives from several tools vendors argued the merits of Java's chances against the rival Microsoft Corp. .Net platform, as well as over the existence of multiple open-source efforts in the Java community, during a panel session here at the JavaOne developer conference.

Show to yield plethora of tools

In addition to featuring endeavors by heavyweights such as Sun Microsystems and Oracle, the JavaOne show this week also will host a slew of other companies detailing new wares ranging from development tools for Web services to business-to-business functionality.

Software AG, Semio partner on XML-based data management

Software AG and Semio Corp. on Wednesday plan to announce an alliance to enable management of unstructured and structured data across the enterprise using XML technology.

eGain sprucing up Web collaboration platform

EGain Communications has announced eGain Live Web 5.0, an upgrade to the company's Web collaboration platform that includes new modules for technical support and virtual meetings and improvements to chat and co-browsing applications.

CRM evolves upward

Rather than deploying generic CRM applications, many enterprises are opting to purchase vertically oriented solutions with boilerplate, industry-specific functions, thereby minimizing customization. CRM vendors such as Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, and E.piphany. are pursuing opportunities to meet the growing demand.

CRM seeks Web exposure

In an attempt to tackle application integration complexity, enterprise CRM vendors are working to build Web services capabilities into upcoming releases and to establish a set of transactional standards.

Vertically oriented CRM gathers steam

Rather than deploying generic CRM applications and having them custom-tuned to meet their needs, many enterprises these days purchase vertically oriented software that already has boilerplate functions specific to their industries, to minimize customization requirements.